Le Costil House Renovation / Anatomies of Architecture
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Manufacturers: Grolleau Blanket, Since 1920, Eco-Pertica, Scheck & Deco
Text description provided by the architects. How to recontextualize the act of building our houses? In other words, how to reconnect our habitat to its territory, taking into account its particularities and its resources: climate, geography, history, built heritage, local materials, regional construction techniques? And how to take advantage of this recontextualization to provide an architectural response to the ecological challenges of the Anthropocene era?
With “Le Costil”, in Normandy (France), Anatomies d’Architecture proposes to approach ecological construction through an unprecedented experiment. The renovation of a traditional brick house (or “longère”) of 83m² with unprecedented ambitions: 0% concrete, 0% plastic and 100% natural materials within a radius of less than 100 km.
Hemp insulation, raw earth plaster, local chestnut and oak wood frames, re-use of traditional bricks, recycled corks, foundations made of acacia trunks, wooden floors from re-used windows… for the past two years, Anatomies d’ Architecture carried out the construction while constantly trying to find alternative and local solutions to conventional constructions.
This project was only made possible thanks to remarkable Normans who fight every day for the preservation of local and traditional crafts, ancestral practices, regional solidarity and short circuits: farmers, lumberjacks, sawmills, quarrymen , masons, historians, researchers, apprentices, volunteers…